Flat Feet sound harmless. You may ask how much harm flat feet can cause and how they are related to the arches of your feet. Flat feet are deformities whereby the sole of the foot hits the ground completely. The sole is only meant to partially touch the floor. Flat feet are common in infants as their arches haven’t yet developed. The tendons that attach the foot’s joints fail to provide the flexibility that they usually provide with flat feet in adults. Those tendons lose their elasticity and fail to provide the support the body requires throughout the years.
Flat feet can be flexible or rigid. Factors include insufficient muscle strength in the foot and bearing weight on your feet for long periods of time. We urge you to get the treatment you need to offset the consequences of flat feet.
Treatment for this condition includes:
· Participating in physical therapy, which can assist with restoring normal foot function.
· Custom-made orthotics are helpful with redistributing pressure on the foot.
· Using footwear that have wide shapes and which provide support to the arch.
· Surgery could be necessary to help decrease the amount of pain and to get your foot back into its right mode. This procedure will repair the ligaments and tendons of the foot so they can provide much-needed support for your arch. All of these actions will help to recreate the support that the arch of your foot was meant to originally provide.
Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, our foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM can help to determine the cause of your flat feet and provide a lasting solution. If you’re experiencing severe pain from a flat foot, contact us to make an appointment today! We have offices conveniently located in Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb, MI. We will utilize the latest treatment techniques to give your feet the comfort they deserve. Additionally, please review our Patient Education library to dive deeper into this and many other foot and ankle conditions that could cause unnecessary pain.